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Today's News

  • VIDEO: Garcia Richard blasts GOP for bill changes

    Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard (D-Los Alamos) had strong words for her Republican counterparts in the New Mexico House of Representatives.

    The Democrats cried foul after they claimed the Republicans switched up a substitute version of House Bill 76, which offered teachers a $10,000 pay increase.

    Garcia Richard, who is a public schools teacher along with being a representative, accused the GOP leadership in the House of trying to "dismantle" the legislation.

    Garcia Richard's statement can be viewed at https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=952839124726769&set=vb.152651274745...

  • Be There calendar 2-18-15

    Today
    Public meeting regarding Sherwood Improvements Project in White Rock, in association with the construction of the new library. 5:30 p.m. at White Rock Activity Center.

    “It’s The Thinking, Not The Drinking!” Effective Underage Drinking Prevention Talk. 5:30-6 p.m. at Los Alamos Middle School. An underage drinking prevention message will be shared by Tracy Juechter, just prior to the presentation of the Hawk Sampler. The program is sponsored by Los Alamos Teen Court. For more information, call Jenn Bartram 662-8099.

    Game Night: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday at the Mesa Public Library in the Upstairs Rotunda.

    The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board’s next meeting will be 6 p.m. in Building No. 1, Camino Entrada Road, Pajarito Cliffs Site. Nicole McGrane, Audrey Juliani and Kimberly Pulliam will speak about the Natural Helpers program at Barranca and Aspen Elementary Schools.

    The Los Alamos Mountaineers meeting will include a presentation by members Norbert Ensslin and Nathan Moody, “Northern Sangres Traverse — A Colorado Adventure.” 7 p.m. at Fuller Lodge.

  • Community briefs 2-18-15

    Science On Tap will cover
    antibiotic-resistant bacteria

    The Los Alamos Creative District will present the next installment of its On Tap series 5:30 p.m. Thursday at UnQuarked — The Wine Room, 145 Central Park Square.
    The Bradbury Science Museum hosts this week’s brief presentation and interactive discussion will follow.
    Harshini Mukundan, research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, will discuss the global threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
    Mukundan asserts the unnecessary and uncontrolled use of antibiotics and the use of antibiotics in food animals to prevent, control and treat disease and for promoting growth are only some of the reasons for the rapid increase in antibiotic resistance today.
    “To prevent the world from entering a post-antibiotic era in the very near future, where even common infections can prove life threatening, urgent and immediate change is mandatory,” Mukundan said. “The choices we make and the responsibility we show can slow down the emergence of antibiotic resistance and ensure the viability of these miracle drugs for future generations.”
    The Los Alamos Creative District regularly brings On Tap to downtown Los Alamos on every third Thursday of the month.
    Sign-up ongoing for spring
    Family Cancer Retreat

  • Class helps adults understand the teenager

    The Los Alamos DWI Planning Council in collaboration with Family Strengths Network will offer a free course to the parents of local teenagers, called “Love and Logic.”
    The class will be from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays from 8:30-10:30, between Feb. 28 and March 21 at Los Alamos High School
    “Being a teenager is very difficult,” said course leader, Michaelangelo Lobato. “Often times adults won’t talk to teens because they are afraid of them, and it’s very easy to feel ostracized by the community. Don’t talk at your kids, talk with them.”
    Lobato, a Chamisa Elementary School counselor and the former director of the local Teen Center understands teens deeply and has worked for years in front of and behind the scenes to ensure their success.
    “I struggle every day trying to be a good parent, and these techniques have really helped me when I feel helpless,” Lobato said. “It is positive, uses humor and works.”
    Lobato advises parents to let teens know how their behavioral affects everyone around them, without blaming and arguing. He reminds parents to instead give choices, give fair, enforceable consequences when they make a mistake and to be consistent.

  • LAMS reprises ‘Willy Wonka Jr.’

    Atomic City Children’s Theater and Los Alamos Public Schools will reprise “Willy Wonka, Jr.”
    Originally presented in 2009, the current production is performed by a cast of Los Alamos Middle School students.
    Follow the adventures of five lucky children who win a contest to tour the famous Willy Wonka Chocolate Factory.
    Evelyn Wohlbier plays the eccentric Willy Wonka and leads the tour down the Chocolate River, through the Candy Inventing Room, the Fizzy Lifting Room and the Chocolate Dipping Room.
    Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company with his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka’s rules in the factory, or suffer the consequences. Cast members hail from LAMS with a few supporting Oompa Loompas from various LAPS elementary schools.
    Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium.  
    ACCT is funded through a grant and affiliated with LAPS. For more information see atomiccitychildrenstheater.com or contact Daren Savage at d.savage@laschools.net.  
    Auditions for a third and fourth grade production of Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty” are coming Feb. 25.

  • A Judiciary budget helps courts, aids public

    Our courts require additional resources to meet the justice needs of New Mexico’s citizens. Each day, courts address the aftermath of strained social and economic conditions, including crime, child and domestic abuse, and broken family and business relationships. Our independent court system also supports economic growth and investment by enforcing contracts and resolving business and property disputes. And it does all of this with less than 3 percent of the state’s overall budget.
    Inadequately funding the Judiciary undermines our ability to serve the public and fulfill our constitutional responsibility to provide fair, timely and impartial justice to all New Mexicans.

  • HB 41, mandatory flunking bill clears House floor

    House Bill 41, the controversial mandatory flunking bill passed the House floor by a vote of 38-30.
    “We need to get our priorities straight. Our children’s education is crucial to our state’s success and we should be making an honest effort to make sure that they are thriving. This bill pushed through by Republicans will prevent generations of New Mexicans from getting a fair shot to succeed. Flunking children is not the way to advance our state. I am incredibly disappointed that Republicans continue to assault our children’s futures by forcing legislation in order to gain cheap political points,” said Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton (D-Albuquerque).
    “This particular piece of legislation is problematic for many reasons. Mandatory flunking is a sweeping measure that does not account for the individual circumstances of each student when they are faced with retention.

  • Sports Briefs 2-18-15

    Jr. Golf League starting

    Los Alamos Golf Course announced it will be participating in the PGA’s Junior Golf League.
    The season runs from June 1-July 12. It consists of a team vs. scramble format in a structured league setting.
    The league is for boys and girls ages 7-13. Approximately 12 players can play on a team at any one time. Price for participation is $150.
    For more information, contact Donnie Torres at 662-8139.

    State tickets can be bought online

    Tickets for the upcoming swimming and wrestling state championship events are on sale online at nmaa.ticketleap.com.
    Both events will start Friday morning and continue through Saturday.

  • Do-nothing Congress just did something

    There was a big celebration in Taos last weekend, at the center of which were two pieces of legislation enacted by the last Congress.
    Who would have thought? A celebration of a couple of bills passed by one of the most maligned and unpopular Congresses ever convened under the Capitol Dome!
    Yet there they were — the measures’ key sponsors, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, former-U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Congressman Ben Ray Luján — congregated for the at-home unveiling of the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on Dec. 19 and for, as well, the Manhattan Project National Historical Park Act, which went into effect with the president’s signature one week earlier.
    The Columbine Hondo Wilderness Act is precisely what the name says it is, but the process of bringing it into being began in 1980, three-and-a-half decades ago, when Congress passed the Columbine Hondo Wilderness Study Act.
    In other words, such are the ways of our national legislature that it took a sum total of 35 years of “study” for Congress to finally decide to set aside some 46,000 acres of a pristine mountain basin situated in the Sangre de Cristos near Taos.

  • LA's upset try at home falls short

    The good news for the Los Alamos Hilltopper boys basketball team was that it played quite possibly the best game of its season Tuesday night at home.
    The bad news, however, was that it still wasn’t enough to win.
    Los Alamos did most of what it needed to in order to pull off an upset over the Bernalillo Spartans Tuesday at Griffith Gymnasium, including getting the ball inside to the basket. One of the things it did not do so well, however, was finish off its layups.
    Those missed shots may have made a difference for the Hilltoppers, who dropped the contest 63-53.
    Los Alamos has just one more regular season game remaining, which is scheduled for Friday night at Del Norte.
    The Hilltoppers (2-23) celebrated senior night Tuesday, but much of their offense came from their freshmen.
    In the first half, Michael Naranjo chipped in one of his best performances of the season, scoring 8 points as Los Alamos tried to claw its way back from a rough first quarter. Late in the first half and going into the second half, guard Antonio Trujillo got red hot from long distance, hitting 5 consecutive 3-pointers.
    Trujillo finished with a team-high 19 points, including a big 3 that cut the Spartan lead, which had been as much as 12 in the first half, down to just 4 with a little over 4 minutes left to play.